Friday, January 19, 2018

January 19, National Popcorn Day

Popcorn, also known as popping corn, is a type of corn that expands from the kernel and puffs up when heated. Popcorn is able to pop because its kernels have a hard moisture-sealed hull and a dense starchy interior. Pressure builds inside the kernel, and a small explosion (or "pop") is the end result. Some strains of corn are now cultivated specifically as popping corns. From Wikipedia



How Popcorn is Made








Thursday, January 18, 2018

Winnie the Pooh Day and a Look at Honey


Honey
from Wikipedia
Honey is a sweet food made by bees using nectar from flowers. Honey bees transform nectar into honey by a process of regurgitation and evaporation. They store it as a primary food source in wax honeycombs inside the beehive.

Honey gets its sweetness from the monosaccharides fructose and glucose and has approximately the same relative sweetness as granulated sugar.

It has exception chemical properties for baking and a distinctive flavor leading some people to prefer it over sugar and other sweeteners. Honey sometimes contains dormant endospores of the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Because of the natural presence of botulinum endospores in honey, children under one year of age should not be given honey.

Honey has a long history in human consumption and is used in various foods and beverages as a sweetener and flavoring. It also has a role in religion and symbolism. Flavors of honey vary based on the nectar source, and various types and grades of honey are available. via GIPHY

How Honey is Made




Wednesday, January 17, 2018

January 17, Celebrating Spinach and Popeye's Debut


Nutrition Information
Spinach is fat free; saturated fat free; cholesterol free; low calorie; high in dietary fiber; high in vitamin A; high in vitamin C; high in iron, high in folate; and a good source of magnesium.

Selecting and Storing Spinach 
1. Choose fresh, crisp, green bunches with no evidence of insect damage.
2. Store spinach loosely wrapped in a damp paper towel.
3. Refrigerate in a plastic bag and use within 3 to 5 days.



Oxalic acid and Spinach

The oxalic acid in spinach binds with iron, which inhibits iron absorption. You can improve the absorption of iron from spinach by eating it with foods that enhance iron absorption; such as foods rich in vitamin C.

Serving Suggestions
1. Add spinach to a pasta or rice recipe.
2. Enjoy a spinach salad with a variety of ingredients.




References

1. Spinach - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
2. Top 10 ways to enjoy Spinach, Fruits and Veggies more matters 
3. Spinach: Nutrition . Selection . Storage
Fruits and Veggies more matters 



Monday, January 15, 2018

National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day


Ingredients
2 slices Rye Bread
1 tsp Mustard
Lettuce leaf
2 slices Tomatoes
oz Pastrami
1/2 oz Swiss Cheese

Directions
1. Top one sliced of
 Rye Bread with mustard, lettuce, tomato, pastrami and Swiss cheese.
2. Top with second slice of rye bread.

3. Heat in oven or toaster oven until Swiss cheese melts.


Notes
The sandwich is high in saturated fat and sodium. Balance the rest of your day by choosing foods low in sodium and saturated fat. An educated consumer has the ability to make wise food choices.


Nutritional Information









National Sunday Supper Day

Isabel Laessig, a mom of four who operates the Family Foodie website, created the Sunday supper movement. It aims at bringing families back together in the kitchen and around the dinner table. To celebrate, prepare and eat a meal with loved ones.

In 2012 Laessig and eight other bloggers and their families celebrated the first virtual Sunday Supper. Sunday Supper Day falls on the second Sunday in January.

Family meal time is an ageless tradition shared by people all around the world. Eating dinner together keeps the doors of communication open. It's a perfect time to show your children they are your priority. Studies have shown children who eat dinner with their families are less likely to use alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs and more likely to develop good eating habits.
 


Family Dinner
Segment from World Report, April 2009
A family study conducted by Brigham Young University, quizzed more than 1500 IBM employees. The results show that families who spend time eating dinner together will encounter less conflict between family and work.

The BYU study appeared in issues of Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World Report and Slate magazine. Dr. Jacob expressed the hope for society to value dinner time, and not allow things to interrupt it.

In fact, a multi-national study cited by the marriage and family therapy program at the University of Minnesota and its director, reports family meal time has a more positive influence on emotional and intellectual development in children and teens than sports or additional time in school.

Nutritious Meals for Families on a Budget


Resource
Kids Eat Right, Make Sunday Dinner a Family Affair, Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE, FAND






Saturday, January 13, 2018

Korean American Day - Celebrate Korean Foods

Korean cuisine has evolved through centuries of social and political change. Originating from ancient agricultural and nomadic traditions in the Korean peninsula and southern Manchuria, Korean cuisine has evolved through a complex interaction of the natural environment and different cultural trends.

Korean cuisine is largely based on rice, vegetables, and meats. Traditional Korean meals are noted for the number of side dishes that accompany steam-cooked short-grain rice. Kimchi is served at nearly every meal. Commonly used ingredients include sesame oil, doenjang (fermented bean paste), soy sauce, salt, garlic, ginger, pepper flakes, gochujang (fermented red chili paste) and napa cabbage.

Ingredients and dishes vary by province. Many regional dishes have become national, and dishes that were once regional have proliferated in different variations across the country. Korean royal court cuisine once brought all of the unique regional specialties together for the royal family. Foods are regulated by Korean cultural etiquette.








January 13, National Peach Melba Day

Peach Melba is a dessert of peaches and raspberry sauce with vanilla ice cream. The dish was invented in the 1890's by the French chef Auguste Escoffier at the Savoy Hotel, London, to honor the Australian soprano Nellie Melba.



Recipe.: Peach Melba
  • Makes: 2 servings
  • Serving Size: 1/2 peach, 1 tsp. jam topping, 1/4 cup ice cream
  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

1 1/2cupswater
1/4cupsugar
2tsp.fresh lemon juice
1/4tsp.pure vanilla extract
1med.peach, peeled, halved, and pitted
2tsp.no-sugar-added raspberry jam
1/2cupsugar-free, reduced-fat, Vanilla Ice Cream 

Directions


  1. In a small saucepan, bring the water and sugar to boiling. Add the lemon juice and vanilla. Reduce the heat to low. Add the peach halves to the syrup and cook for 7 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat, and allow the peach halves to cool in the syrup for 30 minutes.
  2. Using a slotted spoon, place the peach halves in dessert dishes. Cut into slices, if desired. Heat the jam in a microwave-safe container for 15 seconds, until melted.
  3. Top the peach slices with scoops of the ice cream, drizzle with the jam, and garnish with fresh raspberries.

In 1892, Nellie Melba was performing in Wagner's opera Lohengrin at Covent Garden. The Duke of Orléans gave a dinner party to celebrate her triumph. For the occasion, Escoffier created a new dessert, and to display it, he used an ice sculpture of a swan, which is featured in the opera. The swan carried peaches which rested on a bed of vanilla ice cream and which were topped with spun sugar. In 1900 Escoffier created a new version of the dessert. For the occasion of the opening of the Carlton Hotel, where he was head chef, Escoffier omitted the ice swan and topped the peaches with raspberry purée. Other versions of this dessert use pears, apricots, or strawberries instead of peaches and/or use raspberry sauce or melted red currant jelly instead of raspberry purée.

Resources.
1. Wikipedia. 
Peach Melba
2. Food Network. Peach Melba, Recipe courtesy of Nigella Lawson

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